Trouble is a Friend of Mine
by Stephanie Tromly
New York, Kathy Dawson Books, 2015. 334 pgs. Young Adult Fiction
After Zoe Webster’s parents divorce, her life in New York City comes to a halt. Zoe and her mother move to upstate New York where she meets Philip Digby. Digby, brilliant and annoying in a Sherlock kind of way, pulls spineless Zoe into a series of hilarious and dangerous situations as he attempts to investigate the disappearance of a teen girl.
At first I was quite annoyed that Zoe just can’t say no to Digby. I really don’t care for female characters with no spine. However, Zoe is a very compassionate character who feels a need to help Digby after she learns that his own sister was kidnapped eight years before. Also, part of this story is how Zoe learns to stand up for herself. Not just with Digby, but with other kids at school and most importantly, her overbearing father. Through their adventures, Zoe and Digby develop into an absurd but fun dynamic duo. A duo I hope to see in action again.